Three GLSA racers capture titles in Iron River

MARQUETTE – A trio of Great Lakes Ski Academy racers captured overall titles in their age groups at the USSA Central Division finale at Brule Mountain in Iron River March 9-10.

Drew Thomas took the crown in the Boys U14 competition; Ainsley Kirk took the Girls U12 overall championship; and Hayden Kauppila claimed the Boys U10 title.

Thomas finished with seven race points, 12 better than his nearest competitor, after winning four of his five races; Kirk totaled 13 race points on two second and three third place finishes; and Kauppila accumulated eight race points on two firsts and three seconds.

In addition, GLSA members Kayley Emblad and Aaron Grzelak also placed.

Emblad finished third overall in the Girls U12 age class with 32 points, while Grzelak picked up second and third place medals for slalom, a second in Kombi and a third in giant slalom for coach Dan Menze.

A reported field of 100-120 boys and girls junior racers (ages 7-14) from the all over the Midwest took part in the competition.

The event was comprised of five individual races (two slalom, two giant slalom and a Kinder Kombi). Each racer was awarded points based on order of finishes to determine an overall winner in each age class.